ALOR SETAR: The Road Transport Department seized 21 cloned cars of various models during the four-day Ops Skuad Khas, which was launched last Friday.
JPJ enforcement director Datuk Valluvan Veloo said the vehicles, worth about RM420,000, were confiscated around Sungai Petani and Kulim.
“The latest to be seized was a Toyota Wish this morning,” he said.
He said since the beginning of the year till yesterday, 100 cloned vehicles worth RM2mil were impounded.
“We also seized 79 cloned cars in Perak, Kelantan and Terengganu,” he said during a working tour and enforcement briefing at the state JPJ headquarters in Jalan Suka Menanti here.
In a separate operation, 24 passenger vans were detained for violating the International Circulation Permit (ICP) and being without insurance coverage.
“A total of RM12,300 compound fines was collected during the operation.”
Valluvan said they would be introducing the Vehicle Entry Permit (VEP) system to curb cases of cloned cars and ICP violations.
“Cars from neighbouring countries older than five years were brought into the country illegally over land by syndicates with the help of locals.
“They were sold below the market price in northern states. The syndicates would clone the cars and provide buyers with fake road tax stickers and registration numbers.
“The cars are not registered with the Road Transport Department or the Customs Department,” he said.